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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Big Sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our good buddy Gino, the most punk rock bagpiper you’ll ever meet, and the rest of the men and women of Tampa Bay Pipes and Drums. Brown in color, Big Sound has huge notes of dark sweet toffee with underlying mild notes of coffee in the aroma. The flavor starts with a slight note of cherry and then opens into a Goliath of a malt character with notes of dark sweet toffee, slight hints of coffee and mild notes of toasted bread in the finish. Big Sound Scotch Ale pairs well with Haggis, Highland Games, Huge Heads and Enormous Pillows and of course Bagpipe music.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
750 mL bottle. Dark brown, bubbly, and a large, tan head. The aroma is big peat notes, burnt oak, toffee, and salt. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a long, sticky and mildly bitter aftertaste. Fairly heavy body, malted and sticky. Overall, this is a good scotch ale, with massive malts and syrupy-sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - JUL 3, 2014
This was so-so in my opinion. Malt aroma and flavor was to be expected, but I didn’t grasp the depth of flavors. Maybe my taste buds were having an off day. Some caramel notes. Finish had bready malts without too much sweetness. Ho hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
750 mL bottle. caramel brown with a small brown head. Brown sugar, nuts, and a little smoke in the nose. Theses notes carry through the flavour as well, where they are joined by some bread and a touch of booze. Great body. Very well constructed beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Inbreak (1875) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 7, 2014
07.04.2014, 0,75l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Big fizzy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish fruity, caramel malts, dark fruits, grass, oak, sorrel, sugar, almond cake, butterscotch, chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel malts, grapes, dark fruits, sugar, butterscotch, grass, almond cake, chocolate, sorrel. Little bitterness, slightly harsh mouthfeel. Very boring!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 7, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep brown body, small bubbly off-white head. Nose is mild oxidized port tones, caramel, toffee, hints of raisins, cereals and mild smoke. Taste is caramel, toffee, nougat, mild port tones, hints of nuts, vanilla and biscuits. Full body, medium to soft carbonation. Pretty nice, but not fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (542) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep brownish hue with a small, coffee head which dissipates rather quickly. S- Smell is very big, lots of caramel, hints of roasted malt, coffee and brown sugar. T- Taste starts off with sweet, smooth caramel and leads into a bit of an acidic coffee flavor that ends very balanced. M- Thick with carbonation on the high side of medium. D- This seems like a hybrid of a scotch ale and an imperial stout to me. While scotch ales aren’t my favorite, this one got my attention and I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head. Aroma is awesome! Notes of toffee, caramel, and a touch of smokey malt and slight coffee. Taste is just as good as you’re hoping for! Sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, and wonderful roasty undertones. So smooth and drinkable. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle at O’Connor’s, Uppsala, February 2014. Hazy dark reddish/brown with a tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, toffee, nuts and malt. Sweet with some warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with a big khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has rich toffee and dark fruit notes. Some chocolate notes are there as well. The taste is more of that dark fruit and chocolate sweetness. Some sherry notes, perhaps. Big, chewy mouthfeel and body. Lower end of carbonation. Really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (168) - - JAN 2, 2014
Poured from 750ml bottle into some weirdly shaped teardrop glass. At first sip, a lot to take in. It's candy sweet and complex and throws your tongue into a lot of different directions. Dark fruits and chocolate overlap with a subtle, deep booziness to produce an indulgent, yet coherent beer. It seems unwieldy at first, but never gets too sloppy or out of control. Nicely done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2143) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown liquid with small to medium light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, caramel, bread, port wine, toffee, dried fruit and sweet alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, caramel and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice

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